What an amazing community you are… last week I shared that I was starting a fundraiser for Rev. LeRoy’s 78th birthday for $780. I am happy to say that in that short amount of time the goal was met and exceeded. YOU ARE THE BEST!!!
What’s in the Way IS the Way has been put on the shelf; however, the lessons from it are long-lasting. Catching ourselves when we are in the clouds, in our story and knowing what to do to return to the meadow.
You learned two key tools to use to return to the meadow…
Tool No. 1 is Going into the Heart. Your Heart is an energy center that “fills your whole being with its wisdom energy.”
Tool No. 2 is Compassionate Curiosity… allows you to watch your thoughts rather than get caught up in them, so you have a choice to unhook from them by turning your attention to what is actually happening not your ideas about it. You can also then move into the wisdom of your heart.
We reviewed the Four Lets from the previous week’s talk…
• Let Life
• Let It Be
• Let It Go
• Let Go
When we Let Life, we are acknowledging we are caught and feeling powerless in the face of the reactions inside of us and willing to ask Life for clarity.
Let it be takes us out of the victim mode of unconsciousness… where the veil parts and we are then able to open into the power of consciously looking at what we are experiencing, which is what Let it be is all about.
Let it go is recognizing when we have been seduced by a spell and softening around the spell and letting it pass through us.
Let go is when we cease trying to control everything and letting it flow.
Mary says, “The greatest mission you can undertake is to initiate yourself back into Life, to see what is before you, to live from the unfurnished eye. This means your awareness is no longer cluttered with the stories of struggle that make up the clouds in your head, obscuring the meadow of your being. When your urge to struggle with Life has calmed down and instead you are willing to show up for the life you have been given, you become a force of healing in the world. Wherever you go, you are here, and a person who is truly here is a focal point of consciousness in this unconscious world.”
This Sunday will start a new series on Mysticism and Mystics. I am excited to see where this leads us.
A few things coming in the next few weeks…
• August 9 – our guest speaker will be Rosie Deer Heart
• August 16 – our guest speaker will be Matt Purinton
• August 30 – Julie Thompson will be sharing special music with us.
Taking a little longer view for what is ahead… the Board met tonight (Tuesday) and had a robust discussion on when we feel it is safe to reopen. We were unanimous that it would be a minimum of eight weeks before it could happen. This is a measure we are taking to keep the community and all of us safe. You and your health is our No. 1 priority. In the meantime, we will take steps to start the planning process of reopening. The first is to evaluate what our audio-visual equipment needs are so that we can continue live-streaming the service as we are now. This is very important. A protocol of what will be required to meet in person including mask-wearing, physical distancing, sanitizing and cleaning will be developed. We will keep you informed as information is available.
You are a blessing in my life,
Rev. Patricia Bessey